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Brooklyn Gun Buy-Back Yields 71 Weapons

Seven of the weapons were fully loaded

The public surrendered 71 guns anonymously yesterday at the 13th Cash-for-Guns campaign at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville Saturday.

According to NYPD, seven of those guns turned in on Saturday were a fully-loaded, including a Tec-9 and 22 other semi-automatics, 31 revolvers, seven rifles and shotguns and 10 zip or starter guns.

Also turned in at the gun buy-back were a sawed-off shotgun, two 45-caliber semi automatics and a Tec-9 semi-automatic that was surrendered fully loaded with hollow point bullets. Hollow point bullets are designed to kill by inflicting maximum tissue damage, blood loss and shock in gunshot victims.

"Yesterday, a fully loaded assault weapon designed to destroy human life was removed from circulation, and thousands of others collected through the cash for guns program no longer have the potential to kill. That is one impact of the Brooklyn Clergy NYPD Task Force," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said. "I thank its leadership, Bishop A.D. Lyons and the First Baptist Church of Brownsville, and the Kings County District Attorney's office for their support."

Since 2008, a total of 6,973 firearms have been removed from City streets through the church drives, at which citizens may anonymously surrender firearms and receive $200 bank cards for working handguns and $20 for rifles or BB guns. The events also are part of an ongoing program established last September by the Brooklyn Clergy NYPD Task Force to address violent crime.

Citizens who want to turn in weapons can do so anonymously at police stations citywide every day of the week and receive $100. In addition, the Department's Operation GunStop program (1-866-GUN-STOP) rewards individuals up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an individual who is carrying, selling or using guns illegally.

Marina Stanley June 26, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Frightening but a step in the right direction to know the program is seeing some success. People kill people and that's the bigger part of this equation but this is certainly a concrete way to keep guns out of the hands of people with bad intentions.
Pat Riot June 26, 2011 at 10:01 PM
I had to laugh when I saw the picture of the gun they got in the "buyback." That's a cheap .22 semi auto that is just about as useless as a slingshot and far less accurate. I'm glad they no longer have that one in someone's house, because as "scary," as it looks, it a waste of metal. It's no good for self defense because the guy shot might not even notice it, and it's useless for anything else. I would recommend that the person that got paid for that buy a SCCY 9mm. It's accurate, light weight, and easy to conceal. A much better gun unless you need something for a movie that just looks scary.
Pat Riot June 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Not one person with "ban intentions," turned in a gun unless it was a murder weapon and they needed to get rid of the evidence against them - and in that case the gun "buyback," had just allowed a killer to walk the streets again. Most of the weapons turned in at these fiascoes are just old junk guns that are unsafe - or the person that owned it is too afraid to sell it to a dealer.
Pat Riot June 26, 2011 at 10:15 PM
200!!!! They paid 200 DOLLARS fot that stuff? The shotguns, probably worth about 130.00 each unless they are older. The starter pistols -12.00 each Tech9 - about 200.00 I see about five ravens on that table - about 80.00 retail. 2 lugers - a WWII collectors weapon worth about 800.00 and prised by museums (these were probably turned in by someone who stole the gun from a WWII vet.) A couple of Hi-point 9'mm and .45's that sell brand new for 169.95 (I have four myself) Yeah, you did good. Did you ever wonder how many of these guns were stolen JUST TO GET THE 200.00? The way I look at it, if 71 honest people turned these guns in, then 71 people were disarmed, and 71 people might die because they no longer are able to protect themselves. Sorry, 70 people. The little scary .22 needed to be turned in, it's just silly looking to someone that knows guns.

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